Mississippi has many hardworking people living paycheck to
paycheck, who worry about medical costs, insurance, and how to pay their rent.
While these are found in every ethnic group, African-Americans and Latinos are
still prominent among the working poor.
student and community activists are hoping to spread some light on the issues
facing this community, especially by focusing on some of the most hardworking
and underappreciated within our society, Latina women.
some of these issues, April 21 - 28 has been set aside as "Hispanic and Labor
Awareness Week" at The University of Southern Mississippi. The events are
free to the public.
Thursday, April 21, there will be a showing
of At the River I Stand at 7 p.m. in the new International Building, Room 101.
The film details the coinciding struggles of the labor and Civil Rights movements,
including the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.
Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. the history film series is showing Maria Full of
Grace, the story of a young female Columbian drug smuggler, in Liberal Arts Building,
Tuesday, from 12-1 there will be a brown-bag discussion
of Latina issues in the Student Union at 7 p.m. in Stout Hall A, there will be
a presentation titled "Student Power with Workers: Taco Bell Boycott Victory,"
which will analyze student participation within the labor movement in the backdrop
of this historic victory.
Wednesday, the film In the Time of
the Butterflies will be shown at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion on human
rights issues facing Latina women both in Latin America and the United States.
university professors, Latino immigrants and labor experts will discuss various
aspects of human migration into the United States in a presentation titled "The
Human Face of Human Migration."